Mark, I just want to thank you so much for sharing your story about Sprite, Pepsi and Griffin. I couldn’t put the book down. We had to put our Sadie (a Golden) down last March. She developed a brain tumor, cancer in her lungs, as well. As it is with dogs, we didn’t know til right at the end. I could go on forever about her. So many things that you wrote about Pepsi and Sprite’s habits and antics rang true with Sadie, as well. Such characters they are! We have a cabin in NW Wisconsin that she LOVED to go to. She loved to run, explore, swim and was a permanent fixture on the front of the boat. All you had to do was say the word “boat” and she went wild! I often wondered what it would be like not to see her on the boat anymore, wind in her face, loving every minute of it. AND how my husband would fare, walking that first time to the boat alone. We had her separately cremated, as well, and we buried her ashes under a tree at the cabin she loved. A beautiful spot… and my not-so-handy husband made a beautiful cross and burned her name into it. She is greatly missed and lovingly remembered. I am now thinking of doing volunteer work in a shelter around here. I’m struggling with it – wanting to so badly, but hoping I can handle it emotionally. Your book has inspired me to try. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks again for such a wonderful read and loving tribute. You and your family have our deepest condolences.

Dale and Deb from MN